Pondering Tidbits of Truth - March 14, 2019

Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to time.

St. Francis de Sales

"If the grace of God had caused me to perform any work of righteousness, or had wrought any good by my means, when the secrets of the hearts are manifested, God alone should know of my righteousness; and my unrighteousness, on the contrary, should be seen by every creature."

(From Introduction to the Devout Life)

The Virgin Mary to Saint Bridget of Sweden

"Daughter, you must have five inward and five outward things. First outwardly: a mouth clean of all detraction, ears closed to idle talk, modest eyes, hands busy with good works, and withdrawal from the world's way of life. Inwardly, you must have five things: namely, fervent love for God, a wise longing for Him, the distribution of your temporal good       s with [the] right intention and in a rational way, humble flight from the world, and a long-suffering and patient expectation of My promises."

(From Words of Faith edited by Craig Turner)

God the Father to Saint Catherine of Siena 

"I give[My] Blood and use it for salvation and perfection in  the case of a man who disposes himself properly to receive it; it gives life and adorns the soul with every grace in proportion to the disposition and affection of him who receives it. It also gives death to him who receives it unworthily, living in iniquity and in the darkness of mortal sin." 

(From The Dialogue)